Joey Logano wasn\'t able to come away with a victory to make the Monster Energy Series playoffs at Richmond, but he\'s not done making noise this season.
Joey Logano thought he had a Darlington win in his sights, but a late restart shuffled things, and Denny Hamlin slipped by for the win.
Denny Hamlin was able to fend off fellow Monster Energy Series competitor Joey Logano for the win in Saturday\'s XFINITY race at Darlington Raceway.
Joey Logano talks about what it would mean to win at Richmond to clinch a playoff spot.
Denny Hamlin was able to hold off Joey Logano for the victory in Saturday\'s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway after an epic duel on the final lap.
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RELATED: Race results " Standings " Stage results " Detailed breakdown SHOP: Winner gear! RICHMOND, Va. -- It took Joey Logano all afternoon to drive from the back of the field to the front in Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Logano started from the rear after a post-qualifying transmission change, but when the checkered flag waved after Lap 400, the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford was at the head of the field, having held off a banzai charge from teammate Brad Keselowski during a 19-lap green-flag run. Logano took the lead for the first time on Lap 384, after restarting behind six cars that had stayed out on old tires under caution for Ryan Blaney’s contact with the Turn 3 wall on Lap 377. On fresh rubber, Logano made short work of the cars in front of him and passed series leader Kyle Larson for the top spot with 16 circuits left. Keselowski had a faster car, having led 110 laps, but he also had more difficulty getting through traffic after the final restart. By the time Logano took the checkered flag, Keselowski had narrowed his teammate's straightaway lead to roughly three car-lengths before running out of time. The 26-year-old from Connecticut won his 18th race in his 300th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It was his first victory of the season and his second at Richmond. Logano and Keselowski had stayed out under the penultimate caution on Lap 367 and appeared vulnerable to the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch until NASCAR called the final yellow five laps after the restart on Lap 377. Of the cars that came to pit road on Lap 378, Logano was first off and lined up behind the six cars that stayed out -- those of Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr., David Ragan and Cole Whitt. Busch drew a penalty for a commitment line violation and went to the rear of the field, eliminating one of the contending cars. RELATED: Watch how Logano's pit road games got Kyle Busch "The caution came out," Logano said of the final yellow. "The boys had a great stop which gave us good track position to pass the cars that stayed out. We were able to have a good start, work our way past those cars and tried to take off the best I could. I knew the 2 (Keselowski) was so much faster than everybody, and I had to get out there as quick and as far as I could. "He was on his way to catch me. I think he was catching me a couple tenths a lap. That was all I had inside the car, and I burned them up early trying to go. I’m proud of the effort of the team. We executed under pressure today and brought a car home that was a fifth-to-10th-place car to Victory Lane." For his part, Keselowski was philosophical about the way the race unfolded. "I was just hoping for another restart or the race to get extended for another 10 laps," Keselowski said. "I think we had a ton of long-run speed today. That short run at the end ... half the field came, half the field didn’t. I just got stuck in a lane of cars that didn’t go. "By the time I did, he ( Logano ) had a whole straightaway on me. I got it down to a couple of car-lengths at the end. All and all, I’m happy for Team Penske with the 1-2 finish. We’ll take it and move on." RELATED: Drivers to win in his 300th start Virginia native Denny Hamlin ran third, but his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota couldn’t match the speed of the Team Penske Fords. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. recovered from a brush with the Turn 3 wall to come home fourth on older tires, holding off fifth-place Kevin Harvick over the final green-flag run. The first major incident of the day happened late when Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson got into each other, causing damage to Junior's No. 88. He finished 30th, while Johnson placed 11th. MORE: Johnson, Earnhardt Jr. come together at Richmond The Monster Energy Series hits the track again next weekend at NASCAR's biggest track for the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, FOX). Keselowski is the defending winner. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
RELATED: Sunday's full lineup Joey Logano will start today's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond from the rear of the field after his No. 22 Team Penske team changed the transmission in his Ford. Logano had qualified fifth for the Toyota Owners 400 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and the .75-mile Virginia track is one of his best. Logano has finished in the top five in four of his eight starts here as a member of Team Penske. Sunday also marks Logano's 300th career start in the Monster Energy Series. For Fantasy Live purposes, Logano still is officially credited with a fifth-place starting position. " Need to update your lineup? MORE: Logano's career highlights He joins Austin Dillon in the rear of the field. NASCAR officials announced Friday morning that the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet would start from the back after failing pre-race inspection at the Laser Inspection System station five times prior to Monday's race at Bristol. Knowing he was already sent to the rear, Dillon turned a slow qualifying lap Friday at Richmond -- perhaps to save his tires for Sunday's race -- and qualified 38th. &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove Perhaps Joey Logano was bored in Martinsville on a Friday night, or maybe he just wanted to mess with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio host Claire B. Lang. Regardless of reason, we're glad someone was recording for posterity when "Ben from Martinsville" called into Lang's radio show to discuss his favorite driver … Joey Logano . From hot dog puns to cuckoo clocks, Logano's trademark laugh -- and slipped traces of his Northeast accent -- nearly gave him away, but he kept the gig up to the end. Listen below, and well done, Ben Joey . Ben from martinsville is a big Logano fan. @ClaireBLang @SiriusXMNASCAR pic.twitter.com/PtOFihu2rW — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) April 1, 2017
RELATED: Harvick on his day " Logano on his troubles " Results " Chase Grid CONCORD, N.C. -- Joey Logano picked up a single point, and only time will tell if that seemingly insignificant amount will make any difference as drivers in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup regroup and prepare to head to Kansas Speedway (Oct. 16, 2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) next weekend. The Team Penske driver spent approximately 80 laps in the garage after bouncing off the wall a second time during Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . His team, led by crew chief Todd Gordon, made repairs as best they could, then sent Logano back out onto the track in the scarred yellow No. 22 Ford. That helped him gain one more point, for a total of six in the race. Kevin Harvick got no such second chance. Electrical issues had surfaced on the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet just before Logano crashed into the wall a second time. There was no repairing the internal breakage for Harvick, and the 2014 series champion bowed out after 155 laps of the 334-lap event, 38th in the 40-car field. "We're not out by any means," said Logano , who swept all three races in the Round of 12 a year ago. "We had a very fast car. … It was capable of winning. "Things happen. It's part of racing, but we're not out." Logano finished 36th, one spot ahead of AJ Allmendinger whose No. 47 Chevrolet was silenced a bit later. One position and one point may not make a difference in the next two races of this round. Then again, as strange as Sunday's race -- which was postponed one day due to Hurricane Matthew -- turned out to be, why take a chance? A year ago, Logano won all three Chase races in the second round. Now, the No. 22 team will regroup and focus on Kansas and, beyond that, Talladega. "We're still fighting," Logano said. "We've got a really good race team and we can go to Kansas and win. These two race tracks, Charlotte and Kansas, are our best ones and we proved last year that we can do it and we'll just have to do it again." Harvick led once for 12 laps at CMS after starting on the pole. While he fell off the lead lap once when a round of green-flag pit stops were interrupted by a caution, he was able to get his lap back when Logano tagged the wall for the first time on Lap 117. Barely 30 laps later, the No. 4 Chevrolet slowed and Harvick headed to the garage, done for the day. It was the third DNF for the team this season. "I thought it was a power issue," he said, "so I cycled through everything. By the time I figured out what happened it just shut off. It looks like low oil pressure. "I hate it for everybody … they made some great adjustments today and got our car back where we needed to be to run up front and everything was going fine." Logano (3,006) and Harvick (3,004) departed CMS 11th and 12th in the Chase standings, respectively. Only the top eight will advance to the next round. Because other Chase drivers had problems of their own, the two find themselves just six ( Logano ) and eight (Harvick) behind eighth-place Denny Hamlin (3,012). Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott also had trouble -- both were involved in a late-race crash on a restart -- and are ninth and 10th in points. READ: Elliott, Dillon involved in big wreck "Lots of things can go wrong," Harvick said, "and today they did." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;